Jake Arrieta agrees to 3-year contract with Phillies

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The Phillies appear primed to add a legitimate ace to the top of their rotation, inking former Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta to a three-year deal worth $75 million, according to sources.

Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal, reportedly worth $75 million, is pending a physical. The team signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December.

For a rotation which last season allowed the seventh-most hits (936), 11th-most runs (509), sixth-most home runs (150) and 15th-most walks (306), the addition of Arrieta will already make a noticeable impact for the Phillies in their first season under manager Gabe Kapler.

Arrieta went 22-6 with a stellar 1.77 ERA in 2015 to capture the National League Cy Young Award. Last season, he recorded a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 168.1 innings.

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Arrieta will become an anchor for a young unproven Phillies pitching staff, headlined now by Aaron Nola and supported by unknowns like Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Mark Leiter Jr., Vince Velasquez and others.

Arrieta will become the Phillies' second big free-agent signing this winter.

Still, when looking at how much money the Phillies were willing to spend this offseason to help give them a better chance of competing in 2018, it's fantastic to see this team finally making the necessary moves to get back in the playoff conversation since it seems like they've been going through rebuilding mode forever.

Jacob deGrom made his long-awaited spring debut in the Mets'5-2 loss to the Astros. It's unclear how long the right-hander might be sidelined.

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